Television journalist Claire McGlasson gets a sneak preview of the prayer hall. Click here to watch the news coverage
Watch this video showing the installation of the new Cambridge mosque dome. “A sacred space with an ancient, timeless feel and built with the latest technologies ” says Sheikh Adbal Hakim Murad on the site of the new mosque, as the dome is put in place, marking the halfway point of one of the most … Continue reading Construction Reaches Halfway Point
Work on the timber elements of the prayer hall is now complete, and the studwork partitions for the male and female ablution areas are in place. This week the master-craftsmen of Blumer-Lehmann begin work on the ‘trees’ of our magnificent atrium, together with the teaching zone and the cafeteria.
Last Thursday the Blumer-Lehmann team led a ‘topping out’ ceremony to celebrate the hoisting into place of our feature dome. A heavy-duty crane was hired for the occasion and the delicate operation passed off without a hitch. The dome is fabricated from cross-laminated timber harvested from sustainably-managed forests. Over the coming weeks the contractors will … Continue reading Dome Craned Into Position
Our team of master-engineers from Blumer-Lehmann began today the task of fabricating the great drum which will be craned up to support our magnificent dome. We are proud to be working with craftsmen of such high renown. When completed the golden dome will add a distinctive feature to the historic Cambridge skyline. The interior of … Continue reading Dawman Da’iman!
The first complete ‘crown’ element has been erected by the Blumer-Lehmann team. It was assembled at ground level and craned into place on top of four pillars, fitting exactly with a tolerance of less that one millimetre! Precision engineering indeed. Visitors now receive an awe-inspiring sense of the majesty of Cambridge’s newest monument.
All four tours arranged by Open Eco Homes to the mosque site on 14 October are booked up. If you have not booked online please do not come, as unfortunately you will not be admitted.
Still a long way to go! However it is now possible to get a clear sense of the calm but impressive impact of this unique design feature, which symbolises religion as a principle of harmony with the natural world as well as recalling Islamic geometry and English fan-vaulting. A photo of the preliminary fix of … Continue reading Our Trees Are Growing
It is now possible to go upstairs in our building! This photo shows a view of the rear residential unit (left) and the mother-and-child prayer space (right). The cross-laminated timber work will be faced with decorative brick at a later stage of the construction process. The window spaces can now be cut out of the … Continue reading Residential Unit Walls Go Up
The rear of the mosque building is starting to take shape. This view shows the CLT panels now in place for the mortuary (left) and the rear female access and second accommodation unit (right). The brick cladding will be added later in the project schedule. Tomorrow our specialist contractors begin work on the first of … Continue reading Rear Portico Takes Shape